Make fall slime with the kids as the leaves start changing color. It’s a fun science and sensory activity to add to your list of fall activities for kids.
I love fall. It is most definitely my favorite season!
I love how the weather starts getting cooler, but it’s not too cold yet. The fall holidays and traditions always make me smile, too.
But my absolute favorite part of fall is watching the leaves change color. In the past, I haven’t always lived in an area with many trees – let alone trees that change color in the fall.
Now that I’m back where I can really admire the gorgeous fall colors on the trees, I just can’t get enough.
I adore getting to incorporate my love for the changing leaves into so many fun preschool leaf activities.
It’s likely no surprise that this fall slime is inspired by some of the beautiful colors I can observe throughout the season.
This slime is beautifully colored and has some sparkle to it.
I think it would be the perfect activity for after a fall leaf hunt! After all, fall is the best season to get outside and explore.
Related: Tiger Slime
Fall Glitter Slime Recipe
The base of this slime is one of our favorites when it comes to how to make slime with kids.
It uses liquid starch, which is a tried-and-true recipe for us. If you prefer a different slime base, feel free to make adjustments.
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- 5 ounces Elmer’s clear glue
- 4 ounces warm water
- 4 ounces Sta-Flo liquid starch
- Red, yellow, and orange food coloring
- Red, orange, and brown very fine glitter
You can change up the colors in this slime if you have other fall colors in mind! Or consider adding things like sequins or leaf-shaped glitter to the slime.
How to Make Fall Slime
Grab all of the ingredients listed above to get started. You’ll also want a bowl, measuring cups, and a fork or spoon for mixing.
First, pour 5 ounces of clear glue into the bowl. We tend to buy glue in larger containers. But a regular size bottle of clear glue is usually five ounces. So you can use whichever you prefer.
Next, pour in about half a cup of warm water. You definitely want warm (not cold or hot) water for this step. Mix the water and the glue well.
Then add about half a cup of liquid starch. I suggest adding this in slowly, mixing away as you do. It seems to make the consistency better and ensures you don’t accidentally add too much.
Keep stirring the glue, water, and starch mixture for a couple of minutes. You’ll notice the slime starting to form in the bowl as you mix.
Then it’s time to knead the fall slime (yes, just like you’d knead bread dough)! Make sure to knead for two minutes, or until you get to the consistency you prefer.
If your slime is too stiff, add a little more water. If it’s too sticky, add a little more liquid starch.
After the slime is how you like it, break it apart into three balls. Place each in a separate bowl.
Add a few drops of liquid watercolors or food coloring. We did orange, red, and yellow.
Then add in the glitter! We used orange, red, and brown glitter. The brown glitter ended up turning the yellow slime into more of a brownish color. If you want true yellow slime, make sure to use a glitter that’s more yellow.
Finally, set the fall colors slime out for the children to investigate and explore.
Playing and Learning with Slime
I absolutely love making and playing with slime! It has such a wonderful feel to it, and the kids can explore a wide variety of topics with it.
This fall slime is no different!
To begin with, this slime activity is a great way to discuss the fall season. If you live in an area where the leaves change color, take a nature walk.
Ask the kids to make observations about the colors they see in the trees. Consider bringing some of the fallen leaves back to the classroom with you.
Related: Leaf Sensory Bin
You can also discuss how the weather has changed, as well as the kids’ favorite fall activities.
Additionally, making slime helps children to explore concepts like measurement, chemical reactions, descriptive vocabulary, and volume.
A Quick Note about Slime Safety
Slime should really be treated as the science activity that it is. This will ensure that it’s a fun and safe time for all.
Nothing from this activity, be it the individual ingredients or the end product, should be put in anyone’s mouths.
Hands should be washed both before and after playing with the slime. Keep an eye out for skin sensitivities or reactions. While I have never seen this happen, it’s always something I watch out for.
And, as with all Fun-A-Day activities, adult supervision is required at all times.
More Fall Slime Ideas
Just in case you’re looking for even more slime recipes to try this fall, I found a few to share.
One can never have too many slime ideas, right? Click on the links below to read more about the slimes.
Glowing Slime from LalyMom
Go Away Big Green Monster Slime from Still Playing School
Cinnamon Scented Fall Leaves Slime from Homeschool Preschool
Spider Slime from Coffee Cups and Crayons
Apple Scented Slime from Teaching Mama
Done-For-You Preschool Resources
Save time with with Preschool Teacher 101‘s fall lesson plans. They have everything you need for a whole week’s worth of lesson planning. Click on the photo below to check it out!
This resource includes everything you’ll need to teach math, literacy, and science. It even has book recommendations and plans for group activities, sensory play activities, arts and crafts, and dramatic play!
Speaking of pretend play, click the images below to learn more about these other fall dramatic play resources.
Dramatic play activities can help your preschoolers’ development in so many ways. It can teach self-regulation and conflict resolution while encouraging creativity and literacy.
I hope you and your preschoolers love all of these great fall activities and lessons!